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50.   To HOBACE MANN.
Downing Street, Nov. 12, 1741.
NOTHING is equal to my uneasiness about you. I hear or think of nothing but Spanish embarkations for Tuscany1: before you receive this, perhaps, they will be at Leghorn. Then, your brother tells me you have received none of my letters. He knows I have never failed writing once a week, if not twice. We have had no letters from you this post. I shall not have the least respite from my anxiety, till I hear about you, and what you design to do. It is impossible but the Great Duke must lose Tuscany; and I suppose it is as certain (I speak on probabilities, for, upon honour, I know nothing of the matter), that as soon as there is a peace, we shall acknowledge Don Philip 2, and then you may return to Florence again. In the meanwhile I will ask Sir K. if it is possible to get your appointments continued, while you stay in readiness at Bologna, Rome, Lucca, or where you choose. I talk at random; but as I think so much of you, I am trying to find out something that may be of service to you. I write in infinite hurry, and am called away, so scarce know what I say. Lord Conway and his family are this instant come to town, and have sent for me.
It is Admiral Vernon's birthday, and the city shops are full of favours, the streets of marrowbones and cleavers, and the night will be full of mobbing, bonfires, and lights!
The Opera does not succeed; Amorevoli has not sung yet; here is a letter to his wife: mind, while he is ill, he sends
LETTER 60.—* 15,000 Spanish troops had left Barcelona to invade Italy.
2 Claimant to the duchies of Tuscany and Parma, second son of
Philip V of Spain, by his second •wife, Elizabeth Farnese; recognized as Duke of Parma at the Peace of Aix-la-Chapelle (1748) j d. 1765.